(National Sentinel) What Happened: The American Center for Law and Justice has filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the State Department, Justice Department, the Treasury Department and the FBI over what it believes was a bungled investigation in the Uranium One deal during the Obama administration.
According to a statement from the ACLJ, the suits are aimed at forcing the named agencies to turn over requested documents pertaining to how the decision was made to proceed with the deal, and the Obama administration’s investigation of alleged crimes tied to it.
In the statement, the legal watchdog said it is “seeking to obtain documents concerning a decision by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) to transfer the U.S.’s controlling interest in Uranium One to the Russian state-owned ARMZ – a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian nuclear giant, Rosatom.”
“The FBI was investigating bribes, kickbacks and racketeering by the Russian conglomerate’s American subsidiary calculated to compromise contracts in the American nuclear energy industry and the Attorney General’s representative sat on CFIUS,” the statement continued.
As reported by The Gateway Pundit:
The ACLJ points out that the Obama administration deal puts Russian President Vladimir Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain. They also point out that Russian nuclear officials had reportedly given $145 million to the Clinton Foundation while then-Secretary Clinton’s representative sat on the CFIUS. Bill Clinton also received $500,000 from the Russian government for a speech in Moscow.
“The ACLJ’s FOIA, and now the resulting lawsuit, seeks information that would shed light on this ill-advised—and, frankly, foolish—deal approved by CFIUS,” the legal group said.
“Specifically, the information the ACLJ has demanded in its FOIA request will reveal just how much information the Obama FBI/DOJ provided to members of the CFIUS before its approval of the deal, as well as the validity of reports that Russia tried to bribe Hillary Clinton,” it continued.
The group noted that an FBI informant, William D. Campbell, who is familiar with alleged crimes related to the deal was gagged by the Obama administration and threatened with legal action if he spoke to Congress.
Campbell has alleged that Russian nuclear officials “told [him] at various times that they expected APCO to apply a portion of its funds received from Russia to provide in-kind support for the Clintons’ Global Initiative.”
“APCO was expected to give assistance free of charge to the Clinton Global Initiative as part of their effort to create a favorable environment to ensure the Obama administration made affirmative decisions on everything from Uranium One to the US-Russia Civilian Nuclear Cooperation agreement,” William D. Campbell wrote in a 10-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
As for the ACLJ suit, The Gateway Pundit noted further:
The organization is seeking all records concerning or relating in any manner to the decision of the FBI declining to prosecute Clinton, all drafts of Comey’s statement closing the investigation, from his original draft in early 2016 to the final version, all records regarding Comey’s decision to close the investigation and not prosecute her, all “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information” referenced by Comey in his statement on July 5, 2016, all records concerning the immunity agreements entered into between the DOJ and witnesses and/or subjects of the FBI’s investigation, including Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson and all grand jury subpoenas obtained by the FBI to compel information from Clinton’s internet service providers.
“The Russians were compromising American contractors in the nuclear industry with kickbacks and extortion threats, all of which raised legitimate national security concerns. And none of that evidence got aired before the Obama administration made those decisions,” a person who worked on the case told The Hill, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution by U.S. or Russian officials.
In December, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered investigators in the Justice Department to take a fresh look at the sale of Uranium One to Russian firm Rosatom.
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